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Cohen discusses the legacy of the Lomax recordings on the BBC World Service

Earlier today, CMCI’s own Dr Harvey G Cohen appeared on the World Update programme on the BBC World Service, speaking about the significance of the international field recordings of John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax (pictured), 17,000 of which are being released over the internet for free this week. These songs and oral histories, mostly recorded from the 1930s to the 1960s, captured and popularised folk music across the United States and around the world, starting what later became known as the global world music movement. As Cohen says on the broadcast, these hundreds of Lomax sessions represented “the last musical snapshot of the United States before the mass media descended” in the 1920s and 1930s, and the advent of top 40 radio wiped out many local music scenes, in the United States and internationally. For more information and to download these recordings, visit the Association for Cultural Equity’s website. To hear Cohen’s 6-minute broadcast appearance sometime during the next 7 days, tune in to the 31 January 2012 edition of World Update at the 43.20 mark at this address. World Update is broadcast around the world to hundreds of radio stations.

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